You drive a truck for a reason: versatility. Whether you're hauling materials to and from the jobsite, escaping for a quick weekend with the dirt bikes, or just looking to dress up the appearance of your ride, maximizing your truck bed with a few simple and affordable upgrades allows you to increase its functionality in minutes. After all, you've got the spacemdash;why not make the most of it? Here's how.
One of the simplest upgrades is the addition of a tonneau, instantly transforming your rig into a moveable vault. Tonneaus, also known as bed covers, provide a reliable way to store and protect your cargo. They're available in a variety of styles, including hard and soft top, to meet your specific needs without sabotaging your budget.
Of the two, a hardtop tonneau is usually the better investment. Fiberglass or hard plastic tonneau covers come pre-painted or paint-ready to match your existing finish, unlike soft covers which are usually only available in black. Hard bed covers are also much sturdier in construction and can be locked, allowing you to quickly and easily secure your truck bed when you step away. Plus, if you're building a show truck or don't haul large loads, a hard-top tonneau makes the perfect finishing touch to your exterior. Simply put: they look cool.
Truck Bed Caps & Truck Racks
Another option for upgrading the appearance of your truck bed is the addition of truck bed caps. A truck bed cap creates a tough layer of protection that prevents scratches, dings and other damage to your paint job. Because even if you manage to keep your bodyline pristine, demolished bed rails are a showstopper when it comes time to sell or trade in. Truck bed cap sets come in a variety of styles and materials, including ABS, aluminum and stainless steel, depending on the level of protection you need.
Obviously, if you're hauling damaging materials, like rebar or concrete, you'd want the sturdiest protection possible. Each truck bed cap is custom-tailored to your specific make, model and year for a perfect fit and quick, easy installation. Some models don't even require drilling.
Looks are important. Truck racks compartmentalize the bed of your truck, enabling you to carry far more without having to worry about where to fit oversize items. Truck racks are also ideal for transporting piping, carpet rolls, and rebar – easily accommodating up to 500 lbs – and keep it all organized so you can grab it in a hurry.
Finding the Right Truck Accessory to Equip Your Rig
Another item that provides both looks and functionality is a truck bed mat. And, they couldn't be easier to install: open tailgate, toss in mat. It's that simple. Truck bed mats protect your bed from scratches and save delicate cargo from damage. Performance-grade rubber prevents damage from impact and even stands up to most chemical spills. In addition, the treaded top keeps cargo from shifting around and banging into your payload walls.
Truck bed mats provide protection on a budget and are cut to fit the floor of your bed, unlike full bed liners, which cost a fortune and are usually permanent. Plus, they're a snap to clean - just yank 'em out and hose 'em off. From bed covers to truck bed mats, adding something like a tonneau to your rig is the quickest way to organize your ride and, by doing so, get the most out of it. Trickin' out your truck bed is easy, affordable and perfectly suited to the do-it-yourselfer. Give it a try!